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German beech forests now UNESCO World Heritage site

25.06.2011 - Press release

At its 35th session UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee today inscribed the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Welcoming the decision, Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, commented as follows:

“It is wonderful news that the World Heritage Committee has decided at its current session to inscribe the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This means Germany now has a third Natural Heritage site, in addition to the Messel Pit Fossil Site (since 1995) and the Wadden Sea (since 2009).”

The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany will now form a joint site together with the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians inscribed in 2007.

With over 30 inscribed sites, Germany – alongside Italy, Spain and France – is extremely well represented on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, which enjoys great popularity in Germany.

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